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Time Travel with a twist! Veronica McAllister died in 2018. She immediately opened her eyes again in 1958, all memories of her previous life intact. She goes from old age, pants suits, and a cane, to poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and Buddy Holly. At the end of her first life, Veronica said she “wasn’t any good at life.” With the most precious of gifts—perspective and a Time Travel with a twist! Veronica McAllister died in 2018. She immediately opened her eyes again in 1958, all memories of her previous life intact. She goes from old age, pants suits, and a cane, to poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and Buddy Holly. At the end of her first life, Veronica said she “wasn’t any good at life.” With the most precious of gifts—perspective and a second chance, can she succeed where she failed during her first life? What would you do, if you could do it all again? The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister is the fifth book in the Middle Falls Time Travel series. Like all the books in this series, it can be read as a standalone novel. The sixth book in the series, The Changing Lives of Joe Hart, is available for preorder and will be published in July.


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Time Travel with a twist! Veronica McAllister died in 2018. She immediately opened her eyes again in 1958, all memories of her previous life intact. She goes from old age, pants suits, and a cane, to poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and Buddy Holly. At the end of her first life, Veronica said she “wasn’t any good at life.” With the most precious of gifts—perspective and a Time Travel with a twist! Veronica McAllister died in 2018. She immediately opened her eyes again in 1958, all memories of her previous life intact. She goes from old age, pants suits, and a cane, to poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and Buddy Holly. At the end of her first life, Veronica said she “wasn’t any good at life.” With the most precious of gifts—perspective and a second chance, can she succeed where she failed during her first life? What would you do, if you could do it all again? The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister is the fifth book in the Middle Falls Time Travel series. Like all the books in this series, it can be read as a standalone novel. The sixth book in the series, The Changing Lives of Joe Hart, is available for preorder and will be published in July.

30 review for The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister

  1. 4 out of 5

    Martie Nees Record

    Martie’s Rating 2 ½ Stars Genre: Fantasy Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Pub. May 2018 This is the fifth book in the “Middle Falls Time Travel Series.” Still, it is a standalone read. This reviewer didn’t know that the novel was part of a series until after finishing the book. The story begins in 2018 when the protagonist, 80-year-old Veronica, is on her deathbed. She is ready to die. As she breathes her last breath she is anxious to learn the answers to the question we all wonder abo Martie’s Rating 2 ½ Stars Genre: Fantasy Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Pub. May 2018 This is the fifth book in the “Middle Falls Time Travel Series.” Still, it is a standalone read. This reviewer didn’t know that the novel was part of a series until after finishing the book. The story begins in 2018 when the protagonist, 80-year-old Veronica, is on her deathbed. She is ready to die. As she breathes her last breath she is anxious to learn the answers to the question we all wonder about—what happens after death? Is there a heaven? Is there a hell? Or will it be an eternity of nothingness? Once dead, Veronica opens her eyes, to see that she is back in 1958 and is a teenager again, wearing a poodle skirt and apparently babysitting. The author does a good job with her complete confusion and excitement at seeing her old friends and parents again. “Oh, Daddy, you’re so young and handsome,” she says. Often you may think of the comedy-drama film, “Peggy Sue Got Married.” But the story theme isn’t really about time travel. The author is asking the question, "What If” you could live your life over and over again until you got it right? What would you do differently not to duplicate your mistakes made in each life? Not an original thought but an interesting one, especially when you imagine yourself in such a situation. Where the story begins to become a bit tiresome is after Veronica’s second or third life. Each time she dies, she wakes up as a teenager at the same babysitting job. Until she finally learns her own personal meaning of self-actualization, she and the reader are stuck in a purgatory-like, “Groundhog Day” existence. If the author would have stayed with keeping his protagonist to a one do-over life, while adding in anything new to the theme, this may have been an interesting tale regarding the nature of changing oneself kept light with humor. Instead, it can read as a bit preachy—neither marriage nor money guarantees happiness— time-loop redemption tale. The novel is too cliché to encourage this reviewer to read the first four in the series. This may not be the case for other readers who enjoy when characters get to stop the clock and start over again. You will have to read the book yourself to decide. I received this Advance Review Copy (ARC) novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review. Find all my book reviews at: Goodreads Wordpress Twitter Barnes & Noble Amazon Books Facebook Pinterest Instagram

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    What a brilliant story. I was a bit disheartened when I learnt that this is the fifth (yes, the fifth!) in a series, but this really doesn’t matter. I easily read this as a stand alone book and wish I had the opportunity to review the others in the series. The premise of the story reminded me very much of ‘Back to the Future’ because Veronica travels back to 1950s mid-America, after the novel opens at her deathbed. Secondly, the recent NetFlix series, ‘Russian Doll’, linked into my head because, What a brilliant story. I was a bit disheartened when I learnt that this is the fifth (yes, the fifth!) in a series, but this really doesn’t matter. I easily read this as a stand alone book and wish I had the opportunity to review the others in the series. The premise of the story reminded me very much of ‘Back to the Future’ because Veronica travels back to 1950s mid-America, after the novel opens at her deathbed. Secondly, the recent NetFlix series, ‘Russian Doll’, linked into my head because, as Veronica is trying to find the reason behind reliving her life, she does eventually die, only return to the same starting point as a teenager once more. Veronica lives several lives before she is finally ‘emancipated’ and realises the life she was destined to have. Finally, I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Tom Cruise film, ‘Live Die Repeat’, for the same reason as before. However, with all of those links, don’t let this put you off reading this novel because it is a great read and I loved exploring 1950s America onwards. I grew to admire Veronica’s character because for each of her lives, she tries to do her very best and understand what she most wants. Whilst it doesn’t go according to plan until her final “life”, I admired her determination at resolving her complicated relationship with her mother and desperation to lead the chain of events to her becoming a mother again to her precious daughters. She is not afraid of trying to find happiness through material things and even when she has plenty of money, misses those that matter the most to her. When I thought I had figured out where the plot was headed, the writer throws in another unexpected curve ball, adding to my enjoyment even further. Arguably one may say that this is quite a quaint story, looking at a local town in Central America and avoids any of the heavy, political issues. However, I think this would have unnecessarily complicated the plot and sometimes I think it is right to just focus on the nicer things in life. I think the only criticism that I have towards this plot is how easily Veronica accepts this time shift and gets on with life. She instantly looks forwards in this new path and shows an inevitable fondness towards her memories and revisiting old haunts and friends. I didn’t let this bother me too much, but I would like to have seen this protagonist questioning what has happened to her. It just seems a bit convenient to me. This was a pacey plot and the short chapters meant it was ideal for dipping in and out of. A stand-alone read, the novel reaches a natural conclusion so you don’t have to worry about reading the rest of the series. Having said this, I would like to pursue more by this author and see what else they have to offer. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alayne Emmett

    I loved this book so much, even though it was number five in the series it didn’t spoil the read . I can’t wait to read all the others in this wonderful series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Grumpus

    The grumpus23 (23-word commentary) Love this series. Every book is so clever. 80-year-old woman goes back to the 1950s and has the opportunity to relive her life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Disclosure: I downloaded this book for free, have purchased four previous books by the author, and am posting an honest review of this work. I enjoyed the four earlier novels in this time-travel series, and this one is up there with Inmon's best (in my opinion, The Redemption of Michael Hollister)! It focuses on the "replaying" of the life of Veronica McAllister, who ends her life at age 78, and is given another chance to obtain happiness as a teenager who grows up in the 1950s and as an adult th Disclosure: I downloaded this book for free, have purchased four previous books by the author, and am posting an honest review of this work. I enjoyed the four earlier novels in this time-travel series, and this one is up there with Inmon's best (in my opinion, The Redemption of Michael Hollister)! It focuses on the "replaying" of the life of Veronica McAllister, who ends her life at age 78, and is given another chance to obtain happiness as a teenager who grows up in the 1950s and as an adult thereafter. All told, though, she gets five lives, marrying different men, investing in "sure things" in the stock market, traveling, etc. I loved the glimpses of life in America in the 1950s, such as listening to Buddy Holly music, Ricky Nelson and Elvis Presley adoration, unlocked home doors, "duck and cover," ten-cent hot dogs, and burger hangouts; not to mention, Greenwich Village in the 1960s. The story is heartwarming, and we are rooting for Veronica to find joy and fulfillment. The book is an easy and enjoyable read, with some surprises along the way. And, of course, we get reacquainted briefly with some characters from Inmon's other novels, including Nathaniel Moon and James Weaver—and a future one, Joe Hart. I look forward to the author's final book in the series on Mr. Hart!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kate Loveton

    3.5 Stars Rounded Up. Good time travel story. What if you didn’t die at the conclusion of your life, but instead found yourself repeatedly at a certain juncture in your past? If you had a do-over, would you make different choices? Would those choices ensure a happier life this time around? Each time she dies, Veronica McCallister wakes to finds herself an 18 year old girl working at a car hop in 1958. I was afraid the combination of teenager and 1958 ‘happy days’ culture was going to make this a s 3.5 Stars Rounded Up. Good time travel story. What if you didn’t die at the conclusion of your life, but instead found yourself repeatedly at a certain juncture in your past? If you had a do-over, would you make different choices? Would those choices ensure a happier life this time around? Each time she dies, Veronica McCallister wakes to finds herself an 18 year old girl working at a car hop in 1958. I was afraid the combination of teenager and 1958 ‘happy days’ culture was going to make this a silly book. I was pleasantly surprised that the book didn’t remain stuck there but followed McAllister during the course of her various lives. A quick and interesting read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deanne

    3.5 stars. This is a fun story that is good for entertainment and also for sparking a bit of introspection about what one would do if they were in the MC's situation. The life spirals/redos are intriguing enough to keep a reader's attention, but it isn't a "can't put it down" type of book. I didn't know this was one in a series when I picked it up, but I don't think it is dependent upon the previous novels. The narrative makes sense as a stand-alone. I received a free ARC of this book in exchange 3.5 stars. This is a fun story that is good for entertainment and also for sparking a bit of introspection about what one would do if they were in the MC's situation. The life spirals/redos are intriguing enough to keep a reader's attention, but it isn't a "can't put it down" type of book. I didn't know this was one in a series when I picked it up, but I don't think it is dependent upon the previous novels. The narrative makes sense as a stand-alone. I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Trawick

    Another winner I love the idea of getting do overs, but I don't know that I would be as tenacious as Ronnie. All the books in this series have great, strong characters, from the protagonists to the minor players. Can't wait for the next book. Will take my time reading if, as the author says, it may be the last in the series. Hate to say goodbye to Middle Falls.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sam Law

    Read More Book Reviews on my blog It's Good To Read Summary: A Time Travel story, taking a dying eighty-year old woman back to the cusp of her adulthood in 1950’s Oregon, for a chance to re-live her life. Would she do things differently? Main Characters: Veronica McAllister: The protagonist, a woman who has a lot of regrets in her current life. Ruthie Miller: Veronica’s childhood pal, with whom in her first life she had a falling-out, and never made up with. Doris McAllister: Her mother, a for Read More Book Reviews on my blog It's Good To Read Summary: A Time Travel story, taking a dying eighty-year old woman back to the cusp of her adulthood in 1950’s Oregon, for a chance to re-live her life. Would she do things differently? Main Characters: Veronica McAllister: The protagonist, a woman who has a lot of regrets in her current life. Ruthie Miller: Veronica’s childhood pal, with whom in her first life she had a falling-out, and never made up with. Doris McAllister: Her mother, a formidable matriarch. Wallace McAllister: The Dad, a genial man, hen-pecked at home, but has his own way of gentle revolution. He was either of the Greatest or the Silent generation, stoic, hard-working. DJ: A co-worker at Artie’s, he too has a story to tell. Minor Characters: Danny Coleman: Her first teenage crush, the “what-if” of her first life. Christopher Belkins: Her original husband, with whom she had two daughters first time around. Plot: 2018. Veronica is dying. She closes her eyes one final time in the hospital, as the cancer takes another life. She then opens her eyes, and wakes dazed and confused back in her home town of Middle Falls, Oregon in 1958, seventeen years old and full of possibility! Understandably, Veronica is completely confused as to what is happening, and comes off very strange to those around her. She is an eighty-odd year old woman in a teenager’s body, and all her recent memories are intact. Her memories of her old life come back over time, and she slowly picks up threads of her old life. Veronica starts out, and even the smallest differences in choices made/not made have big ripples. She is haunted by the fact that whatever she does impacts future Veronica – will she still have her two daughters if she marries someone different? Can she make amends to lost friends? Would making herself independently wealthy bring her happiness? Will her relationships within her own family be different – will the Veronica with an older head help the Veronica with a younger heart? Will the choices she makes this time round be the right ones? How will she know? Along the way, she meets forgotten friends, and has adventures and experiences she missed out on first time around. We experience the innocence of late 50’s, Elvis-era America, where it always seemed to be sunny, and through Veronica we can contrast the world now with then, and how some of what would happen was then firmly in the realm of science-fiction. What I Liked: - The premise of the book was excellent – time-travel with a great twist in it. - Veronica was very empathetic as a character, and you really want things to work out for her. - The world-building was excellent, and the treatment of how Veronica finds her feet in her new old reality is excellent – nothing too schmaltzy or sentimental. The balance was just right. What I Didn’t Like: - It was somewhat slow to start, but gets into a steady rhythm once it does. Overall: This is a nice, easy read. It was my first time reading this author, whom I discovered has a whole series done around this theme, and around various characters in this town. There is no tension around world-shaking, apocalyptic events that may happen should the wrong decision be made. This is purely an individual tale, and is highly engaging and entertaining. It would make a super holiday read, or one to curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea! Highly recommended! Acknowledgements: I received a free copy of the book from BookSirens and the author, in return for an honest and objective review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kara Jay

    If you woke up as a teenager after dying as an old woman what would you do? Would you live your life the same as you did before? Would you do everything differently? These are the questions Veronica McAllister faces in this novel. As we come to understand her situation with her, Veronica is living through a time period that I've never lived in, but could clearly picture through this novel. The differences in not just style and entertainment, but women's lives and what they were expected to do, are If you woke up as a teenager after dying as an old woman what would you do? Would you live your life the same as you did before? Would you do everything differently? These are the questions Veronica McAllister faces in this novel. As we come to understand her situation with her, Veronica is living through a time period that I've never lived in, but could clearly picture through this novel. The differences in not just style and entertainment, but women's lives and what they were expected to do, are explored as Veronica relives her life. This book explores what would happen if you made one different decision in your life, or a million different decisions. What would make you truly happy? I really loved this book. I was drawn in immediately by the characters and the story. I hated having to put this book down. Highly recommend this book! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kianne Werrell

    Another great read from Shawn Inmon!! I could not put this book down and was so engrossed i forgot that it would have to end! In this book you watch Veronica llive out a variety of lives and the way Shawn writes means you are there living them right along side her.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I have to say, as much as I love this series and these characters (this one is no exception), I didn't love this story as much as some of the others. The world makes me long for a do-over, but there was a noted lack of the alternate dimension in this one. Nobody helped Veronica at all. On the one hand, that was good because she rose above the confines of the 50's housewife and all its expectations. On the other hand, it would have been nice to revisit the guy in the hospital (Nathaniel Moon?) an I have to say, as much as I love this series and these characters (this one is no exception), I didn't love this story as much as some of the others. The world makes me long for a do-over, but there was a noted lack of the alternate dimension in this one. Nobody helped Veronica at all. On the one hand, that was good because she rose above the confines of the 50's housewife and all its expectations. On the other hand, it would have been nice to revisit the guy in the hospital (Nathaniel Moon?) and/or any of the previous characters. That connection was missed here. It would have been nice for her to have gotten a brief visit from someone like Carrie Copeland and given some direction to make her journey easier. It would also have given us another glimpse into the Universal Center of Life. Some cameos here and there would have been great - But all that said, this is still a great story and series. Tamara Marston was excellent on the audiobook, although I wasn't sure about that at first. As I grew to hear the personality of Veronica unfold, it seemed more and more perfect for her voice to sound like Marston was doing it. One last thing about this series - lots and lots and lots of time passes without incident. Whole lives start over and several years can pass without explanation other than "the next few years were full of . . . " I think I might lose my mind if I had to live my life over and over again, even with the changes to make. Starting over might get to feel like an impossible task. While I don't need too many details, some more mundane stuff would be nice. Or a word here and there about how going through the motions can get tedious, especially with the vast future ahead.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cloak88

    4.5 stars for this fantastic time-travel story Veronica McAllister dies at age 78, but moments later she wakes up 60 years earlier with full memories of her whole life. Now what will she do, stuck in 1958 as an 18 year old girl? Will she re-create her previous life, her kids, broken marriage and unhappy life, or will she start anew? This is a quiet introspective novel with a cool twist at its core. Veronica McAllister is and interesting if not always likable character. The effective reset of her l 4.5 stars for this fantastic time-travel story Veronica McAllister dies at age 78, but moments later she wakes up 60 years earlier with full memories of her whole life. Now what will she do, stuck in 1958 as an 18 year old girl? Will she re-create her previous life, her kids, broken marriage and unhappy life, or will she start anew? This is a quiet introspective novel with a cool twist at its core. Veronica McAllister is and interesting if not always likable character. The effective reset of her life forces her to examine what exactly is important to her and why. What should her goal be and what is he willing to do, or to sacrifice to reach those goals. All difficult question, but they are handled with care and examined in detail in this novel. In the end I greatly enjoyed reading this novel. Shan Inmon's writing is smooth, well paced and easy to read. Recommended for any SF reader who enjoyed a more quiet and introspective time-travel novel. [note] Though this novel is part of a long running series, it can be read as a Stand-Alone without any ill effect. *I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shaun

    I've loved all the books in this series but I loved this one the least so far. At times it felt like a rushed job. It felt a bit disconnected from the rest of the books. And, unlike the other books, it didn't really have a theme that set it apart from the others. But of course it was addictive. I kept coming back to it and I had trouble putting it down every night. It's still a five star book. The first three books in this series will be really hard to top. These books contain a note that says y I've loved all the books in this series but I loved this one the least so far. At times it felt like a rushed job. It felt a bit disconnected from the rest of the books. And, unlike the other books, it didn't really have a theme that set it apart from the others. But of course it was addictive. I kept coming back to it and I had trouble putting it down every night. It's still a five star book. The first three books in this series will be really hard to top. These books contain a note that says you can read them in any order but, as far as I'm concerned, you should start with book one and work your way through the series. Order does kind of matter for books one through three.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Donadee's Corner

    The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister - Middle Falls Time Travel Bk 5 - Written by Shawn Inmon Time Travel with a twist! Veronica McAllister died in 2018. She immediately opened her eyes again in 1958, all memories of her previous life intact. She goes from old age, pants suits, and a cane, to poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and Buddy Holly. At the end of her first life, Veronica said she “wasn’t any good at life.” With the most precious of gifts—perspective and a second chance, can she succeed wh The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister - Middle Falls Time Travel Bk 5 - Written by Shawn Inmon Time Travel with a twist! Veronica McAllister died in 2018. She immediately opened her eyes again in 1958, all memories of her previous life intact. She goes from old age, pants suits, and a cane, to poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and Buddy Holly. At the end of her first life, Veronica said she “wasn’t any good at life.” With the most precious of gifts—perspective and a second chance, can she succeed where she failed during her first life? What would you do, if you could do it all again? The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister is the fifth book in the Middle Falls Time Travel series. Like all the books in this series, it can be read as a standalone novel. The sixth book in the series, The Changing Lives of Joe Hart, is available for pre-order and will be published in July. What did I like? Well, darn it what isn’t there to like? I have always loved time travel stories, but these are by far the best ones around. I have loved every one of them and look forward to each new one as they come along. I guess because this one is closer to my age than any of the others I think it may be my favorite. I know that each story has grown stronger with each page and story. What will you like? If you’re a time traveler lover than this is the series for you. They are so different than any that at least I have seen, and I am not saying that I have read every one that has ever been published but these sure take a front row seat to the ones that I have. Funny, off the wall type of humor, exciting characters, cute action and an amazing storyline that just keeps getting better and better. I HIGHLY recommend this book and the whole series to everyone. I received this from the author for an honest review with no other compensation.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Michele Benchouk

    This book was so engaging and intriguing, even if it did start off a little slow. I had no idea it was part of a series until researching the author's other books, so it clearly stands alone. Seeing the same character (Veronica) living different lives and learning different lessons was very interesting. You always wonder what choices you would make in a character's situation, and here we got to see several options play out. Veronica wonders what it is all for partway through the book... why keep This book was so engaging and intriguing, even if it did start off a little slow. I had no idea it was part of a series until researching the author's other books, so it clearly stands alone. Seeing the same character (Veronica) living different lives and learning different lessons was very interesting. You always wonder what choices you would make in a character's situation, and here we got to see several options play out. Veronica wonders what it is all for partway through the book... why keep repeating the same life? But we do find out and it made me wonder whether I would experience a do-over or be emancipated from this life. I tried to imagine I was 84 and living in my current body and stage (49 years old) and truly looked at my family from a different perspective. One of the best quotes from this book was Veronica, at the age of 66, saying that she wanted to "travel while she was still young enough to do it". Although starting out with pessimism and going through considerable disappointment, this book ends with incredible hope and satisfaction. Highly recommended read. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions above are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Olivas

    Veronica starts out in the year 2018, her body filled with cancer. She takes a drug cocktail to end her suffering and closes her eyes. To her confusion and surprise, she wakes up in 1958 as her teenage self. She tries to spend her time there fixing everything that she thinks she got wrong in her other life. Needless to say, things don't go exactly as she had planned. As a woman, I found it really easy to picture myself in her situation and it made the story even more compelling and heartbreaking Veronica starts out in the year 2018, her body filled with cancer. She takes a drug cocktail to end her suffering and closes her eyes. To her confusion and surprise, she wakes up in 1958 as her teenage self. She tries to spend her time there fixing everything that she thinks she got wrong in her other life. Needless to say, things don't go exactly as she had planned. As a woman, I found it really easy to picture myself in her situation and it made the story even more compelling and heartbreaking. I found myself crying with Veronica through the sad times, and laughing with her through the happy times. Through each life, I so wanted her to find that special combination of things to make her life more fulfilling. Easier said than done, I'm afraid. I was very satisfied with the way the story ends. I won't tell you what happens, because I don't want to spoil it for you. Just take my advice and give it a go. This is the first book in this series that I have read, but I am going to try some of the others to see if they are all this good. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    Spoilers for The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister! What a complete return to form for this series! There was a tone and pacing to Thomas Weaver's first book that really kicked into gear with Michael Hollister, and was continued into Dominik Davidner. Nathaniel Moon seemed to miss that mark, and it's my understanding that story was an off-shoot in the universe that originated as a separate story. Veronica McAllister got her start in Nathaniel's story and continued her journey here, and Mr. Inmo Spoilers for The Emancipation of Veronica McAllister! What a complete return to form for this series! There was a tone and pacing to Thomas Weaver's first book that really kicked into gear with Michael Hollister, and was continued into Dominik Davidner. Nathaniel Moon seemed to miss that mark, and it's my understanding that story was an off-shoot in the universe that originated as a separate story. Veronica McAllister got her start in Nathaniel's story and continued her journey here, and Mr. Inmon hit it out of the park. First and foremost, I have to say I love Artie's. Listening to Veronica's description of returning to Artie's after sixty years reminded me of Stephen King describing root beer floats in 11/22/63. Something about talented authors describing how good food used to taste does nothing but make my hungry. I had to have burgers that evening just to get through the night! While Thomas and Michael, after a time, found reason to stay with a particular life to the bitter end, Dominick had a single focus, his return to Emily, and Veronica has to find her own path. It's the tell when you feel you've taken such a journey with a character and it's only 200-300 pages in length. I mark favorite books so I can look back on them in the years ahead when the details get fuzzy, and try to limit favorites to one per series. I marked this book as my favorite from Middle Falls, but Michael or Dominick could easily have made the cut. Eagerly looking forward to Joe Hart!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Emrick

    I absolutely loved this book! I was a little apprehensive when I realized it was in the middle of a series, but it was great as a standalone book. The concept was really interesting- how would eighty years of life experience change a young person's actions? With a chance to relive her life, Veronica has to decide which things to do differently- should she take a chance on the charming boy she almost went to prom with the first time around, or does she need to let things play out the same way wit I absolutely loved this book! I was a little apprehensive when I realized it was in the middle of a series, but it was great as a standalone book. The concept was really interesting- how would eighty years of life experience change a young person's actions? With a chance to relive her life, Veronica has to decide which things to do differently- should she take a chance on the charming boy she almost went to prom with the first time around, or does she need to let things play out the same way with the man she married to have her daughters? Is it possible to have a better relationship with her mother? Will a second chance be enough for Veronica to consider her life well-lived? This novel had lots of funny and touching moments. It made me think about my own life and relationships. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series! I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  20. 4 out of 5

    ReneE

    I have read the first three books in this series and loved them. This one was no exception. (I opted to skip book #4 because it just didn't seem like it would be like the others.) At first, I was a little bored by the story and thought, oh no, this one isn't going to be as good. The beginning WAS a little long and drawn out, but I guess that's understandable for the first repeat life to kind of set the stage. I loved these characters and their lives. Once it got rolling, I was hooked and raced t I have read the first three books in this series and loved them. This one was no exception. (I opted to skip book #4 because it just didn't seem like it would be like the others.) At first, I was a little bored by the story and thought, oh no, this one isn't going to be as good. The beginning WAS a little long and drawn out, but I guess that's understandable for the first repeat life to kind of set the stage. I loved these characters and their lives. Once it got rolling, I was hooked and raced through it. I hated to see it end and almost (Almost!;-) wish she had awakened back where she was babysitting... oh well. I have one more to read ("The Changing Lives of Joe Hart") and am going to go and pick up that one right now. I think that's the last in this great series, and that's a shame. Looking forward to what Mr. Inmon comes up with next!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Jack

    If You Could Live Your Life Over...What Would You Do Differently? What a great concept! The book starts with a dramatic death scene, and immediately the main character, Veronica, is transported not to Heaven or elsewhere, but back to her teenage body. Imagine being your younger self, with all the knowledge that you have after a long-lived life. The author does an excellent job of revealing Veronica's new and old past and future slowly. She is at turns nostalgic (seeing loved ones long since dead) If You Could Live Your Life Over...What Would You Do Differently? What a great concept! The book starts with a dramatic death scene, and immediately the main character, Veronica, is transported not to Heaven or elsewhere, but back to her teenage body. Imagine being your younger self, with all the knowledge that you have after a long-lived life. The author does an excellent job of revealing Veronica's new and old past and future slowly. She is at turns nostalgic (seeing loved ones long since dead) and unsure of how to proceed (does she choose a different man to marry if it means she won't have the children she loves). The author also gives a lot of detail of what living in 1950s small-town Oregon was like; you feel like you are there! I enjoyed joining Ronnie on her journey. I received an advanced review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Campbell-Scott

    Awesome, healing book I don’t usually cry when I read books. I simply put them down as soon as I start to get emotional! But I was too invested in this one to give up on it. It was near the end when the tears started. But they were such good ones! I lost both parents within months of each other recently & reading this time travel/rebirth book (as well as others in the series) made me long to go back in time myself. To try to do things better, to truly tell my parents & friends how much I loved them Awesome, healing book I don’t usually cry when I read books. I simply put them down as soon as I start to get emotional! But I was too invested in this one to give up on it. It was near the end when the tears started. But they were such good ones! I lost both parents within months of each other recently & reading this time travel/rebirth book (as well as others in the series) made me long to go back in time myself. To try to do things better, to truly tell my parents & friends how much I loved them. But the end of this book healed me of that longing. Lives well lived. That’s what my parents achieved. They have gone on to a better place. Now I need to - here & now. Thank you Shaun.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jo

    Unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed this book, I have liked all of the books in this series but this one is definitely near the top. It was a comforting, enjoyable read that really puts you in small town America in the 60s. The story emphasized to me how having do-overs and knowing some of what's ahead doesn't make life more enjoyable but might give you a bit of perspective. It made me think what I would like to be different and what I might try to change if I had my time again. Shawn inmon writes Unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed this book, I have liked all of the books in this series but this one is definitely near the top. It was a comforting, enjoyable read that really puts you in small town America in the 60s. The story emphasized to me how having do-overs and knowing some of what's ahead doesn't make life more enjoyable but might give you a bit of perspective. It made me think what I would like to be different and what I might try to change if I had my time again. Shawn inmon writes very well, draws you in and leaves you feeling sad you have finished. I'm not ready to pick up my next book because I still feel attached to Veronica.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Matthew

    Perfect in Every Way I was born in 1979, so I missed the Eisenhower era, but through Veronica McAllister, Shawn Inmon has given me a crystal clear view into this unique time in our nation’s history. I’ve loved all of his books in the Middle Falls series, and while I claim each of them as “my favorite,” I mean it more deeply with this one. Veronica is believable, wonderful, and her experiences are beautiful. My only wish is that I could somehow read this book again for the first time. It was compl Perfect in Every Way I was born in 1979, so I missed the Eisenhower era, but through Veronica McAllister, Shawn Inmon has given me a crystal clear view into this unique time in our nation’s history. I’ve loved all of his books in the Middle Falls series, and while I claim each of them as “my favorite,” I mean it more deeply with this one. Veronica is believable, wonderful, and her experiences are beautiful. My only wish is that I could somehow read this book again for the first time. It was completely perfect, and it ended with me sitting on my back porch with tears streaming down my face and wishing for me. Read this book! Read all of Inmon‘s books!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Deborah McEachern

    Wow! Just wow! I love books about the opportunity about going back for a "do-over", maybe a little bit because I would love that chance myself, or I would if it didn't mean perhaps losing my four children's existence in the process. And Shawn Inmon realized that paradox in this thoughtful story. I had bought this on Audible before I found out that it had 5 star reviews from a lot of readers...and I understand why after completing this wistful, sad, happy, wonderful book. It is part of a series, w Wow! Just wow! I love books about the opportunity about going back for a "do-over", maybe a little bit because I would love that chance myself, or I would if it didn't mean perhaps losing my four children's existence in the process. And Shawn Inmon realized that paradox in this thoughtful story. I had bought this on Audible before I found out that it had 5 star reviews from a lot of readers...and I understand why after completing this wistful, sad, happy, wonderful book. It is part of a series, which I didn't realize, but I will be reading the rest of these books now. It's an amazing book. Read it!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    4.5 stars rounded up. The second one I've read, after book one. This one was much more my style. One minor anachronism - Veronica 'wakes up' in the Weaver home in April 1958, babysitting baby Zack. Anne Weaver (the mom) is pregnant. Per book 1, Thomas turned 16 in 1976, meaning he was born in 1960. Anne would not have been pregnant with him in the spring of 58. ***** The blurb really caught my eye, because my mom graduated from high school in 1959. And she died of cancer in April 2018, no treatmen 4.5 stars rounded up. The second one I've read, after book one. This one was much more my style. One minor anachronism - Veronica 'wakes up' in the Weaver home in April 1958, babysitting baby Zack. Anne Weaver (the mom) is pregnant. Per book 1, Thomas turned 16 in 1976, meaning he was born in 1960. Anne would not have been pregnant with him in the spring of 58. ***** The blurb really caught my eye, because my mom graduated from high school in 1959. And she died of cancer in April 2018, no treatment, and surrounded by her family, just like Veronica did. I was bawling at the end.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kay Smillie

    Another goodie in the Middle Falls series from Shawn Inmon. A happy outcome to the what if scenario for Veronica McAllister. Sometimes these things are staring you in the face but, unlike real life, you don't get a second chance. The series has had me thinking what if I had done something different at some junctions in my life but, I believe this strongly, the paths we choose lead us to where we are now, good, indifferent or bad. Having said that what if I got another chance, with the memories o Another goodie in the Middle Falls series from Shawn Inmon. A happy outcome to the what if scenario for Veronica McAllister. Sometimes these things are staring you in the face but, unlike real life, you don't get a second chance. The series has had me thinking what if I had done something different at some junctions in my life but, I believe this strongly, the paths we choose lead us to where we are now, good, indifferent or bad. Having said that what if I got another chance, with the memories of my previous life still intact? Ray Smillie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Esther Lombardi

    It's a time-travel novel, but it really is so much more. The novel taps into a piece of Kate Chopin's Awakening or Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, but the depth and potential is lost in the wild ride of timelines, alternate lives, and longing for the unattainable. The story pulls you in for brief transformative moments and then rushes on. But hey... What's not to love in a time travel novel? I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    How many times to get it right? Would you do the same things a second time around? If you do the same things, will it turn out the same? All these questions and so many more are posed and answered. I loved this book, perhaps the most in the series. I think every mother would answer the questions the same way until they were given the same answers. I am ready for the next book!!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Volpot

    3 stars. I generally like time travel books and I've seen a number books in this series for sale, so I thought I'd finally give one a try. This one had a number of good reviews so I picked it up. It was written well enough and mildly interesting. But neither the story nor the MC were anything that I would describe as compelling.

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